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terreplein Line breaks: terre|plein
Pronunciation: /ˈtɛːpleɪn/

Definition of terreplein in English:


chiefly historical
A level space where a battery of guns is mounted.
Example sentences
  • Guns usually stood on a flat terreplein, shooting over a wide earth parapet which was intended to absorb incoming fire, although they might also fire through splayed embrasures, or be housed in vaulted casemates on a lower storey.
  • From behind the grass covered ramparts above, mortars and heavy guns on the surrounding terreplein would provide heavy bombardment against the enemy.
  • The Medieval walls without flanks and terreplein to resist gunpowder bombardment were easy prey to the besiegers and the fortifications soon succumbed.


Late 16th century (denoting a sloping bank behind a rampart): from French terre-plein, from Italian terrapieno 'filled with earth'.

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